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DEC News - August 16, 2019

DEC News: From August 16 through August 30, the footbridge into the Beach Street Middle School property will be removed and restored. There will be no access to the middle school property via the footbridge during this time.

High Schoolers Attend Plum Island STEM Student Forum

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High school students Marissa Calderone, Gizela Maksym, Samantha Soevyn and Tristan Tran recently attended the the first Plum Island STEM Student Forum at Plum Island Animal Disease Center, the only federal laboratory in the nation that conducts research and diagnostics on high-consequence foreign animal diseases.

The students shared their independent research findings with staff members and scientists from Plum Island, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Mystic Aquarium, Stony Brook University, Suffolk Community College and the University of Connecticut. They ended the day with a tour of the island, which discussed the history and usage of buildings and grounds dating back to the 1800s.

“I found the feedback I gained from the scientists to be incredibly helpful and important for the future development of my research,” Calderone said.

“I am grateful for the overall experience and the opportunity to speak and network with scientists who I one day hope to work with,” Soevyn said.


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Student Ambassadors Honored by Suffolk County

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West Islip Student Ambassadors from the high school, Beach Street and Udall were recently honored at the Suffolk County Anti-Bias Task Force Spring Convocation and Awards Breakfast. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone praised the students for being a positive force in the community.  

High School Bands Score Gold at NYSSMA

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The high school band program achieved outstanding results at the 2019 NYSSMA Major Organization Festival.  All three of West Islip’s bands – the ninth grade band, symphonic band and wind ensemble – received glowing comments during evaluation by state-certified adjudicators, and scored Gold With Distinction ratings.

“Bravo to these outstanding musicians and their directors,” said Director of Art and Music Education Eric Albinder.